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Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 3000-series Intel Core i5-4460 based desktop system, a VIZIO M55-C2 55" 4K Ultra HD LED-backlit Smart HDTV, a Sol Republic Shadow In-Ear Wireless Headset, and more... Read more...
It's been quite a couple of weeks for Apple and the FBI. We learned last week of Apple CEO Tim Cook's thoughts after the FBI requested the company's help to break into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c: "Customers expect Apple and other technology companies to do everything in our power to protect their personal information, and at Apple Read more...
If you’re currently running an SHIELD Android TV to handle your media streaming and gaming duties, we’ve got some great news for you today. NVIDIA is pushing out a major system update that first and foremost brings support for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. Collectively called SHIELD Experience... Read more...
Remember when Samsung had big ambitions of taking over the mobile handset market with Tizen, its home brewed operating system? Well, that didn't happen, but instead of scrapping Tizen, Samsung's breathed new life into its OS by pushing it into other mobile markets. One of those is the automobile industry, for which... Read more...
There are certain events in life that can make you feel old. A passing of a relative, like a grandparent or aunt or uncle is one. Your child graduating from high school is another. Seeing actors and actresses you grew up watching suddenly look old. And then there's The Legend of Zelda, which if you were unaware just celebrated its 30th birthday Read more...
It’s no secret that Amazon would love for more people to use it Prime subscription service. Amazon Prime’s hallmark feature is free two-day shipping, but over the years, additional perks have been added including music and video streaming, unlimited cloud storage, free eBooks and discounted new release video games (among other things). In Read more...
Cyanogen is rolling out a new MOD platform that will give third-party app developers deep-level access to its operating system. The benefit of letting developers dive beneath the surface of the OS is that it allows them to tap into functions that were previously off-limits, which in turn opens the door for added... Read more...
Intel is flexing its muscles by partnering with some of the wireless industry’s biggest names to support the transition to 5G technology. Some of those partners include Ericsson, Korea Telecom (Intel will begin 5G wireless trials with KT in 2018), Nokia, SK Telecom and Verizon. In addition, Intel has also announced... Read more...
Samsung leveraged its extensive NAND flash and storage IP and took aim at the high-performance portable storage market last year when it launched its impressive Portable SSD T1 external drive. There are countless portable flash drives and a multitude of external storage enclosures on the market that can house any standard 2.5” SSD. However,... Read more...
It seems like everyone and their uncle has an opinion or proposed solution on the iPhone encryption debate that has Apple at odds with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Apple's stance is that complying with the court order to essentially push out a security-breaking update to the iPhone that belonged to one... Read more...
Samsung was quite the busy bee today, first by unveiling its new generation Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets (we'll have some hands-on impressions to share tomorrow), and then by introducing the Gear 360, a small but potent 360-degree camera that Samsung thinks can turn us all into VR capture professionals. Be... Read more...
All eyes have been on Samsung and its new mobile boss, D.J. Koh, to see how he would lead the top tier handset maker into a new generation of smartphone products. And today, during Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event, all eyes were literally focused on Mr. Koh as he hopped on stage amid a flurry of flashing lights... Read more...
When Oculus revealed at last month's CES that its Rift VR kit would be priced at $599 USD, the world turned towards HTC in hopes of a price reveal from that camp. Well, it's taken more than a month and for Mobile World Congress to happen, but we now have the answer: $799 USD. The most common reaction to this news is going to be, "That's Read more...
Lenovo is no stranger to Mobile World Congress, and today the Chinese OEM announced a revised family of convertible notebooks and tablets that are aimed at the consumer market. The new reveals include devices in the YOGA, Flex, ideapad and TAB product families. Kicking things off, we have the new YOGA 710 series... Read more...
Chinese manufacturer Huawei trotted out a 2-in-1 device at Mobile World Congress 2016, one that looks like a less expensive alternative to Microsoft's Surface Pro line. Called the MateBook, pricing starts at a comparatively affordable $699/€799 for a configuration that's similar to an entry-level Surface Pro 4. All... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard was almost able to make it to MWC 2016 without its badass Elite x3 leaking for all to see, but it wasn’t meant to be. Late last week, images of the smartphone leaked onto the web along with its full spec sheet. The good news is, the images and the specs were accurate, which means that the Elite x3 is a... Read more...
Rather than just bring another boring smartphone update with the typical yearly iterative updates, the folks at LG have really done something transformative with its next generation G5 flagship. But first, let’s get to the stuff that we expect to hear about when a new flagship is released: its specs. The aluminum... Read more...
Updated 2/20/2016 - 9:57PM: If there weren't such tragic events leading up to the unprecedented court case involving Apple, the FBI and DOJ, the whole San Bernardino iPhone government access affair might look like a complete comedy of errors at this point. The San Bernardino gunman's locked iPhone could indeed reveal... Read more...
Microsoft is showing some love to its Windows 10 Mobile operating system as we close out the week, and it comes in the form of a new Development Branch.  Soon after releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14267 for PCs, Microsoft has sent the same build number for Windows 10 Mobile to testers. So what exactly... Read more...
It could be said that Bethesda is like the "Apple" of the gaming world - anything it releases is almost guaranteed to sell well. That proved true with the company's latest masterpiece, Fallout 4, which managed to sell an impressive 12 million copies (for $750 million in revenue) in its first few days. With Fallout's... Read more...
When we think of SoCs, we typically think of smartphones, tablets and other low-power devices; but how well are they suited for servers? Well, as it happens, an SoC can deliver a huge punch when working on certain workloads, as Serve the Home found out after putting Intel's Xeon D-1587 through the paces. The D-1587... Read more...
The “Internet of Things” is not simply a catchy phrase to describe the impending influx of network-attached products. Of course, there are a myriad of network-attached products on the horizon, which cover everything from light-bulbs to doorbells, but one of the main tenets of the IoT is that all of these devices... Read more...
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